Basketball: Lumar’s hot shooting, late free throws secure win for Hahnville over De La Salle

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BOUTTE – Hahnville and De La Salle met up in what was an intriguing non-district battle in St. Charles Parish on Friday night.

The host Tigers had a hot start but the Cavaliers fought to the end, However, Hahnville made enough free throws in the fourth quarter to preserve a 59-48 victory.

De La Salle (12-6) had a very slow start missing their first 10 shots. Hahnville’s Cameron Lumar did not start slow.

Far from it.

Lumar scored 15 points including a trio of three-pointers in the opening quarter to power the Tigers to a 21-5 lead.

“I was in the zone through my teammates. They gave me open shots and I was knocking them down,” said Lumar. “We have a good transition offense. When we make a stop on defense, we all go fast just to score the ball.”

De La Salle’s Eamon Kelly finally provided the visitors a jolt with a pair of three-pointers as the Cavaliers went on a 7-0 run before the quarter closed to make it 21-12.

Hahnville (12-9) was once again reignited by Lumar’s hot shooting. Draining three more three-pointers, Lumar finished the opening half with 25 points. DaQwon Price added a three-pointer and a layup to help the Tigers hold a 33-19 advantage.

De La Salle finished the half strong as Lance Joseph and Kelly scored a pair of driving layups cutting the Hahnville lead to 38-27.

Still playing from behind entering the final quarter, the Cavaliers went on 7-0 run to cut draw closer at 45-38. Armand Woods and Terrance Vincent scored a pair of layups. Hahnville answered with a layup and three point play by Jai Johnson. The Tigers put the game out of reach by making 10 of 16 free throws.

Hahnville had two players scoring in double figures. Lumar led the Tigers with 28 points and five rebounds. Johnson finished with 16 points.

“We did a phenomenal job shooting the ball in the 1st half. We’re prepping for the playoffs and how to end games,” said Hahnville Head Coach Yussef Jasmine. “We did a good job rebounding the ball better. We knew that De La Salle likes to score the ball. We did a great job taking them away from scoring the ball.”

De La Salle also had a pair of players scoring in double figures. Woods led the Cavaliers with 16 points and four rebounds. Kelly added 10 points and three rebounds.

“I was disappointed in our effort. I thought we competed after we got behind but that’s too late against a good team like Hahnville,” said De La Salle Head Coach Paul Kelly. “We didn’t show up with the proper energy. We’re just not playing well right now and Hahnville was the better team tonight.”

De La Salle continues a four-game road swing Friday at Isidore Newman.

Hahnville is on a three-game homestead and takes on H. L. Bourgeois this Tuesday night.

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